Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said that President Robert Mugabe has instructed officials in China and Russia to ensure Government fulfills its commitments regarding the welfare of those studying on scholarships.
The President’s attention was drawn to it (report of challenges faced by students in Russia) when we were in Uruguay and immediately upon hearing that information, the President took action to make sure that particular issue was attended to expeditiously. Instructions were sent back home to make sure that Government makes good its own commitments in respect of not just students in Russia, but also in China.
Charamba also said that delays in attending availing funds to students in Russia was as a result of the cabinet reshuffle. Said Charamba:
One could see this as a problem which has to do with the changes that happened in Government. The changes that the President triggered through the latest Cabinet reassignments indicate how seriously he takes, not just manpower skills development for the country, but also a coordinated management of scholarships that come our way through the generosity of foreign governments. I notice there is some debate around the Ministry of Presidential and National Scholarships, I think that debate is needless. If you were to check what numbers we are talking about, numbers of Zimbabweans who are studying within the region and abroad, you will discover it’s a growing number, which actually warrants some ministerial attention.
Hubert Nyabadza the President of the Zimbabwean students in Russia Association, a group representing Zimbabwean students on government scholarships in Russia at one time wrote to higher education minister Jonathan Moyo pleading for assistance saying that the students were starving in Russia.